Buffy: “My first time out, I missed the heart too.
Dawn: “No way.
Buffy: “Just the once.
— on Buffy’s first slay.[src]

Robert Berman was the first vampire slain by Buffy Summers, as part of Merrick's demonstration to convince her she was the Slayer.


Robert had been killed three days before, found by the canal with extensive tissue damage at his neck and shoulders, officially attributed to a dog attack.[1]

Researching about his life, Buffy discovered Robert was a freshman at UCLA, a big X-Files fan, a film student, a little awkward with girls, didn't have too many friends, and had a younger sister who won a science contest.[2]

Robert was born in 1972 and died in 1990, at 17 years old; his tombstone carried the message "God is at his heels".[1][2]



  1. 1.0 1.1 The Origin, Part One
  2. 2.0 2.1 The First Time